The file into the murder last June of Detective Garda Colm Horkan in Castlerea has been completed and runs to ten volumes.

At Harristown District Court in Castlerea today Sgt Mark Mahon told the court  that the garda file is now with the Director of Public Prosecutions and will take some time to be processed. He told Judge James Faughnan that considerable progress had been made in the investigation.

Stephen Silver of Aughaward, Foxford, is charged with the murder of Det. Garda Horkan in Castlerea on June 17, and was due to appear before this morning’s sitting of the court by video link.

But the court was told that a sick note had been received and that Mr Silver was unable to appear.

It is the eighth time he has been deemed unfit to appear by video link at Harristown District Court.

Defence solicitor Martina Moran told a previous sitting of the court that 44-year old Silver was being treated at the Central Mental Hospital and that video-link facilities had been arranged there.

Sgt Mahon told Judge Faughnan this morning that an officer had been appointed to take charge of the file at the DPP offices and that it was progressing.

The file is quite substantial, Sgt Mahon explained “however, the DPP’s office is actively looking into the file at the moment and we hope to have directions as soon as possible”.

Judge Faughnan remanded Stephen Silver in custody to appear before Harristown District Court by video link on October 16 for DPP directions.



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